BRISTOL - Five Bristol Hospital nurses were recognized Wednesday evening during the hospitalâ€™s second annual Nurseâ€™s Dinner.
â€śWe do this to recognize and celebrate our nurses,â€ť said Chris Ann Meaney, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Bristol Hospital. â€śItâ€™s about acknowledging the work our nurses do.â€ť
The celebration, called â€śWelcome to a Moment in Time â€¦ an Evening to Celebrate You,â€ť was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton during National Nurses Week. About 115 of Bristol Hospitalâ€™s 295 nurses were in attendance.
Award winners included Jeremy Lee, for the Rising Star; Jennifer Cantone, for the Outstanding Preceptor; Nicole Pires, for Clinical Excellence; Lisa Petano, for Interprofessional Collaboration; and Kristen Waterman, for Transformational Leadership.
Shannon Anes, BSN, RN-BC, who won the Rising Star award last year, said she was excited to present the honor to this yearâ€™s recipient, knowing how excited she was when she won.
â€śIt was amazing,â€ť Anes said.
â€śTo win that, it was very gratifying. It was a very big surprise.â€ť
Meaney said Bristol Hospital did its first nursesâ€™ dinner last year in an effort to â€ścreate a healthy work environmentâ€ť where nurses feel appreciated for all their hard work.
â€śI think you can kind of feel the energy,â€ť Meaney said early in the evening, before the winners were announced.
â€śI love our nurses,â€ť Meaney continued. â€śIâ€™m so proud of the work they do. It isnâ€™t easy.â€ť
Nancy LaMonica, director of clinical excellence, professional practice and magnet, who organized the event, said hospital officials want to â€śhighlight when someone is outperforming throughout the year.â€ť
â€śThey want to make patient care better,â€ť LaMonica said. â€śI wish every nurse could attend.â€ť
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